Internship Opportunities

The Maritime Aquarium offers internships for college-level individuals to explore career opportunities in education, conservation, and animal husbandry.

Animal Husbandry Internship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring, summer and fall internships. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks for a total of 308 hours, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positions.

Below are the schedules for our 2023 internships

Spring: Week of January 22 through the week of April 23

Summer: Week of May 14 through the week of August 13

Fall: Week of September 3 through the week of December 3


The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.

An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in the following areas:

  • Jellies: Interns will learn to care for a wide variety of jellies and work in our culture lab to grow new specimens for display. This gallery also works with the giant pacific octopus and lionfish.
  • Tropical Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will work with a variety of corals and freshwater and salt-water tropical fish. This gallery also works with the large sea turtles.
  • Temperate Fish and Invertebrates: Interns will learn about and care for the cold-water fish and invertebrates that live in Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This gallery also works with the shark and ray touch pool
  • Reptiles and Birds: Interns will learn to care for the aquarium’s collection of land reptiles, amphibians and birds, as well as work with our ambassador animal collection.
  • Reserves and Quarantine: Interns will work with in our hospital section, taking care of animals that are undergoing medical treatments, and quarantining new arrivals that will eventually go on exhibit. This section also works with the large sharks in our giant ocean tank.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.
  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: To inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.
  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Intern at least 22 hours a week over a 14-week period or more, for a total of 352 hours.
  • Upon hire, pay $50 administrative fee.
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
  • Be dependable and punctual at all times.
  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.
  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Rachel Stein at rstein@maritimeaquarium.org. Applications can be found here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

Interdisciplinary Research Internship | Winter or Spring

Introduction

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc., is the second-largest family attraction in the State of Connecticut, and since it was established 34 years ago, it has played a significant role in shaping the community and the region.  The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. As the Aquarium emerges from the pandemic of the last two years, it is looking forward to the next 5-10 years, and is beginning to develop a new strategic plan.  This plan will offer a very ambitious vision for the future, which underscores the connection of the Long Island Sound and the ocean to our communities – not just ecologically, but historically, culturally, socially, and economically.  Through this internship, the intern will conduct interdisciplinary research on these connections and prepare a comprehensive report at the end of the internship.  The intern will work closely with the President and CEO of the Aquarium in conducting this internship.  

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Mammal Internship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring, summer and fall internships. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks for a total of 308 hours, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positions.

Below are the schedules for our 2023 internships

Spring: Week of January 22 through the week of April 23

Summer: Week of May 14 through the week of August 13

Fall: Week of September 3 through the week of December 3


The Maritime Aquarium is home to several species of mammals, both marine and terrestrial. We currently house harbor seals, North American river otters, slender-tailed meerkats, Geoffroy’s tamarins, a striped skunk, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, and Sebas fruit bats. In addition to providing excellent husbandry care to these animals, we strive to provide an engaging training program for them as well. Training is an important part of daily animal care, allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves. Our mammal trainers work daily to provide the best training, enrichment and husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.

A mammal internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in animal husbandry and training, and is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates that are new to the field of animal training. During the internship, individuals will learn many skills, such as:

  • Diet prep: How to calculate and adjust diet amounts, USDA regulations surrounding food storage
  • Exhibit maintenance: Aspects of cleaning and sterilizing mammal enclosures
  • Enrichment design and implementation: How to create and administer environmental enrichments that encourage animals to demonstrate natural behaviors
  • Public speaking skills: Interns will work with some of our program animals to deliver presentations during aquarium hours
  • Training principles: How to use positive reinforcement and shaping to train animals to elicit behaviors that keep them stimulated, and allow them to participate in their own husbandry.

Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.
  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.
  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum time requirement of at least 22 hours a week over a 14 week period or more.
  • Upon acceptance, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $31.
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying psychology, biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
  • Be dependable and punctual at all times.
  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.
  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Rachel Stein at rstein@maritimeaquarium.org. Applications can be found here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

Education Internship

Introduction

The Maritime Aquarium education department provides inquiry-based, STEM-focused enrichment for learners of all ages and backgrounds. This is accomplished through a variety of programs with school groups, interactions with guests at the aquarium exhibits, the STEM based summer camps at the aquarium, and programming aboard the RV Spirit of the Sound.  

Position Functions

The goal for this program is to help interns gain experience with all aspects of the education department. By the end of the internship, we hope that each individual has an understanding of how programs are taught at the aquarium, what thought goes into creating programs, and how activities are modified depending on the level of the students or setting of the program. Responsibilities will include: 

  • Shadow educators on programs to learn classroom management skills. 

  • Assist aquarium educators as they teach programs on and off site and in the field. This may include gathering and setting up equipment, assisting with group work, and cleaning materials and supplies. 

  • Assist aquarium educators as they lead camp programs for children ages 6-8, 9-12, and 13-15.  

  • Help facilitate interpretative conversations with guests at various exhibits, touch tanks, and floor tables. 

  • Assist aquarium educators and staff during special events. 

  • Attend weekly mentoring meetings to discuss the experience and leave valuable skills for informal education. 

  • Complete an end of internship project. Ideas include: Designing curriculum, designing exhibit interpretation, or creating other education-related activities. 

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate
  • Desire and ability to work with children for all ages and abilities. 

  • Commitment to uphold The Maritime Aquarium’s mission and values.  

  • Knowledge of local flora, fauna, and processes, especially those related to our coastal environment, or desire to learn. 

  • Childcare and/or educational experience. 

  • Spanish language ability. 

Position Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Must be available 2-3 days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks from 9am-5pm. A lunch break will be included. 

  • Programs may include standing for long periods of time and working with audiences of varying needs and abilities. 

  • Field programs include being outside in the elements for extended periods of time. 

  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.  

  • Ability to use timely, effective communication and maintain professional tone in written and verbal communications with guests, staff, volunteers, school personnel, caregivers, and community members at large.   

  • Problem solving, flexibility, time management skills, and ability to multi-task. 

internship application packeT 
  1. Internship Application | Click Here to Download

  1. Current college transcript 

  1. One letter of recommendation from a college professor or place of employment 

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position, and how you think this experience will help further your education. 

  1. Current resume 

 

Only complete application packets will be reviewed.  

Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a virtual or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill academic requirements through their experience. Interns will need to provide internship information to their college or university for determination. 

 

If accepted into the internship program at The Maritime Aquarium, there will be a $50 administrative fee to help cover costs associated with a criminal background check, uniform shirt, and ID badge. 

Early Elementary Internship

Introduction

The Maritime Aquarium education department provides inquiry-based, STEM-focused enrichment for learners of all ages and backgrounds. This is accomplished through a variety of programs with school groups, interactions with guests at the aquarium exhibits, the STEM based summer camps at the aquarium, and programming aboard the RV Spirit of the Sound.   

Position Functions
  • Engage in nature play and STEM learning with young children 1-8 years old in a variety of program settings, including preschool and early elementary classes, Fishtales storytimes, and a variety of free-play and public programs in the Aquarium’s new Sea & Discover Zone.   

  • Assist education staff with early childhood programs, including set-up and take down.  

  • Research and develop a project focused within the early childhood range (infant to second grade) to present to children as well as Aquarium staff.  

  • Serve as a role model for young children and establish relationships that will encourage children and families to continue to participate in programs furthering The Maritime Aquarium’s mission. 

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate
  • Desire and ability to work with young children.  

  • Commitment to uphold The Maritime Aquarium’s mission and values.  

  • Knowledge of local flora, fauna, and processes, especially those related to our coastal environment, or desire to learn. 

  • Childcare and/or educational experience. 

  • Spanish language ability. 

Position Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Must be available 2-3 days per week. Hours vary depending on program assignments but generally are between the hours of 7am and 4pm. A lunch break is provided. 

  • Ability to use timely, effective communication and maintain professional tone in written and verbal communications with guests, staff, volunteers, school personnel, caregivers, and community members at large.  

  • Ability to employ patient and caring positive reinforcement techniques when addressing children. 

  • Currently enrolled in a relevant program at an accredited university. 

  • Problem solving, flexibility, time management and multi-tasking a must. 

internship application packet 
  1. Internship Application | Click Here to Download

  1. Current college transcript 

  1. One letter of recommendation from a college professor or place of employment 

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position, and how you think this experience will help further your education. 

  1. Current resume 

 

Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a virtual or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill academic requirements through their experience. Interns will need to provide internship information to their college or university for determination. 

If accepted into the internship program at The Maritime Aquarium, there will be a $50 administrative fee to help cover costs associated with a criminal background check, uniform shirt, and ID badge. 

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


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